Three talking points from the Cork footballers' trip to Leitrim

Three talking points from the Cork footballers' trip to Leitrim
John O'Rourke in action against Leitrim. Picture: James Molloy

1. IMPACT SUBS:

Last week, Michael Hurley scored five points after coming off the bench and, while the Castlehaven man wasn’t on the scoresheet yesterday, Luke Connolly ended with a similar haul after he replaced Hurley. 

While you could look at it as a negative that those starting need replacing, it is a good sign that Cork can introduce players who are able to positively affect the game. It also bodes well that there is strong competition for places within the squad.

2. A GOOD HABIT:

This was the first time since 2018 that Cork put two league wins back-to-back and you have to go back five years for the last time that the Rebels opened a campaign with a pair of victories. Ronan McCarthy said before the league that he felt that a total of ten points would guarantee promotion and another one against Down would leave Cork in a great position.

Brian Hartnett. Picture: James Molloy
Brian Hartnett. Picture: James Molloy

3. GOAL CHANCES MISSED:

As with the Offaly game, Cork did well to make goal opportunities only to be denied by a mix of good goalkeeping and poor shooting. The hope is that if the chances continue to come, the conversion rate will eventually improve.

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